Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fresh Sewing Day August

Another month has flown by. This time I am amazed at how much I finished in this month being that I was on vacation for a large portion of the month. To be quite honest, I was itching to get back to my machine. 
I was several blocks behind in the Virtual Quilting Bee (and I still am behind) but I made a good effort to get caught up. These are blocks 8,9, and 10. I still need to make the solid versions of #8 and #9. 


I got a little bored with the bee blocks so I switched it up and started chopping up all of my friend's Hawaiian shirts to make into a memory quilt for his family. A St. Louis 16 Patch seemed like a good idea to show off all the prints in the shirts. I was able to cut 10-12 4" strips from each shirt and ended up with enough to make a large quilt top. This was the time consuming part, but I was quite pleased with how nice the fabrics were to sew with. They were all good quality shirts and after a good starching they were easy to cut apart and into strips.
This is what remain of the shirts.


And here is the top all pieced together. Now I need to choose a backing for it.


It measures 84"x84" in a 6x6 layout.

I am behind in my Stitch Tease blocks for Di and have joined another swap...so August is going to be a month of getting caught up.

Linking up to Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day.


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11 comments:

Archie the wonder dog said...

What a great idea for a memory quilt - I bet they're going to love it!

gpc said...

Your memory quilt is beautiful!

suemac said...

It turned out really nice. You are a good friend.

heart of charnwood said...

Glad i'm not the only one behind on my bee blocks ;o)

Patchwork and Play said...

Travel and sewing! You have it all! Love the bee blocks!

Flying Blind... said...

The 9-patch shirt quilt will be a great tribute xxx

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

The memory quilt is looking great, it will be a lovely thing to remember him by. Loving those blocks too

Katy Cameron said...

That was a great month all things considered!

Leanne said...

Your memory quilt looks fantastic! I hope to make a St Louis 16 patch quilt this summer, it looks relaxing.

capitolaquilter said...

I'm sure your friends will be thrilled with the quilt, nice placement of lights and darks for having to work with what you get.

Isisjem said...

What a great memory quilt - a fabulous way to use up shirts that would otherwise probably have just hung in a closet!